Our objectives for 2014-2015:

 Objective 1:

 Finalisation of recommendations of the working groups on stocks, horses, companion animals, data collection relating to medicated feed and alternatives (vaccination and biosecurity) as well as proposals by the pilot group for the 2013 working year.

 Evaluation and updating of the forms for pigs, cattle and poultry. The evaluation must be based on the comments of the working groups relevant for each type of animal. Updating will cover the inclusion of any new approved molecules.

 Objective 2:

 In 2014, an independent scientific entity within AMCRA will perform an analysis of consumption data for antibiotics at the farm level on behalf of and in collaboration with the control system of Belpork. On conclusion, the task could be extended to an  analysis of general data from other animal sectors.

The experience gained in the course of developing a data collection system (DCS) on antibiotics used in the various sectors will allow the formulation of a recommendation for developing a national DCS (Sanitel-Med) in order to harmonise the different systems. AMCRA's internal scientific committee will also monitor the quality and comparability of the various systems with the aim of achieving standardised results. In addition, the methodology and the calculation methods used must be comparable to those used in neighbouring countries.

Objective 3:

To develop an AMCRA 2020 vision tackling, in particular, the collection of data required to be able to formulate a quantitative objective (in per cent) for reducing antibiotic consumption over a defined period.

Setting a quantitative objective over a defined period must be based on consumption data. AMCRA estimates that the pig sector could be the first sector to see a quantitative objective defined. Setting limits for consumption by farm and by veterinarian based on data collection systems specific to types of animal means that it will be possible for farm to be identified when further efforts are deemed necessary to reduce consumption.

The pertinent formulation and targeted communication of specific objectives in the 2020 plan are crucial for sensitising the sector, but also and in particular persuading it to accept responsibility and motivating it to implement antibiotic best practices.

Objective 4:

To act as a catalyst for antibiotic best practices through communication and awareness-raising among the target audience with the aid of formulated recommendations (guides and forms) and self-regulation measures.

 Awareness-raising and communication will take place at local and national levels. All potential partners (especially scientific groups such as the IPVS for pigs and the WVPA for poultry) can be involved. Collaboration, with accompanying financing from other partners (possible external), will be necessary in this context.

Defending the quantitative objective mentioned above goes hand-in-hand with these communications to the target audience. 

Objective 5:

Monitoring and publication of the implementation of self-regulation measures in the various animal sectors.

Contacts among the specific working groups for each type of animal will allow the impact of measures already taken to be evaluated and for the progress/development of actions still to be taken to be monitored.

Publication can ensue in the form of communication with all the sectors concerned via appropriate media for the sector (reviews, newsletters).

As these are self-regulatory measures, it will be up to the sectors to implement them. Nevertheless, by closely monitoring and publishing information, AMCRA can reinforce actions already taken.

Objective 6:

A separate working group will be set up at the heart of AMCRA to study all the factors likely to influence the consumption of antibiotics in the veterinary sector.

Objective 7:

Inventory and maintenance of contacts with international ‘sister’ organisations. AMCRA is currently monitoring the activities of the SDa in the Netherlands, and information is regularly exchanged concerning their shared objectives. AMCRA wishes to maintain these contacts and to extend them to other European sister organisations.